The Catalina was part of Pontiac’s full-sized lineup all the way from 1950 to 1981. Initially, the name was used strictly to denote hardtop coupe body styles, first appearing in the 1950 Chieftain Eight and DeLuxe Eight lines. In 1959, the Catalina became a separate model, as the ‘entry-level’ full-size Pontiac.
For 1971, Catalina and other full-sized Pontiacs were completely redesigned and restyled from the wheels up, with modern proportions such as the long bonnet/short boot proportions and idiosyncratic ‘fuselage’ styling, rather like the Chrysler Corporation’s 1969 full-sized cars. Modern safety features included a double shell roof for improved roll-over protection.
This lovely example is attractively finished in Apple Green with cream interior, represents one of the best of its line. Being a 1973 model it shows the steady improvements inherited from previous years; from an extensively revised ventilation system and new grand prix-style “V” nose grilles, and a sturdier front bumper that would pass the new five mph impact laws, a year ahead of the Federal standard that took effect in 1973.
Having been bought new on the second of December 1972, this lot comes with an original 1973 Pontiac maintenance schedule and a new vehicle warranty, and service book. An uncommon and remarkably stylish coupe, this car represents a practical introduction to the collecting of American 1970s classics.